Rising to the Challenge

Youth Perspectives on Climate Change and Education in Maldives

young boy near dead corals on a beach looking out at the ocean


The report showcases experiences and perceptions of young people in Maldives related to climate change impacts on their education, on climate change learning and their needs to become effective and confident agents of change.

Key findings are described below:

  • 47% of respondents in Maldives reported that they could explain climate change.
  • 77% of respondents in Maldives reported that they were at least a little worried about the future effects of climate change.
  • 74% of respondents in Maldives believed that governments should take the most action, followed by children and young people (16%) and businesses (6%).
  • 56% of respondents stated that their education or studies was affected by climate change, for example by impacting their journey to school (20%) or their family’s ability to afford schooling (12%).
  • 92% stated that they were keen to address climate change if they were given the necessary support. 
Reis Lopez Rello, Climate Change Adviser, UNICEF ROSA & Jim Ackers, Education Adviser, UNICEF ROSA
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